Pacific Softball: Tigers Close Out Their 2010 Season Against Cal Poly
With the 2010 season coming to a close, the Pacific softball team suffered a 12-2 loss to Cal poly on Saturday, May 15. The season ending loss dropped the Tigers to 24-30 on the year and 10-11 in Big West play while the Mustangs improved to 23-24 overall and 12-9 to finish third in the conference. Pacific will await the results of Cal State Fullerton's contest with Cal State Northridge which will decide if the Tigers finish in fourth or fifth place in the Big West.
In their final game of the season, the Tigers struggles at home throughout the year resurfaced again against the Mustangs as Cal Poly was able to use three big innings to do their damage. Pitching her second game of the weekend, freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) suffered her worst outing in conference play as she gave up six runs in 4.1 innings of work and left the game early for the first time against a Big West opponent. Despite the six runs given up, Armagost flashed bits of dominance throughout as she posted seven strike outs including five getting five Mustangs looking. However, of the few hits she did give up, six total, two left the yard as she gave up a three-run home run in the top of the second inning to Shea Williams and a two-run home run to Anna Cahn in the fifth.
After Armagost left, junior Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) entered picking up an inning and a third of scoreless relief before Cal Poly caught up with her pitches. In the seventh, Brock faced 11 batters and relinquished five hits and three walks as the Mustangs put the Tigers away with six runs to take a 12-2 lead in the contest.
Offensively, the Tigers were held off the scoreboard for the majority of the game despite putting together a strong showing at the plate with 10 hits. For the second consecutive game, eight of the Tigers' nine starters posted a hit in the game while freshman Megan Allen (Yucaipa, Calif.) was the lone Tiger to be held hitless. However, the freshman shortstop did pick up one of the Tigers' two RBI on the afternoon with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning. The RBI was her 30th of the season as she finished the season second on the team in knocking runs in.
One inning earlier, freshman Megan Hom (Irvine, Calif.) had picked up the Tigers' first RBI of the afternoon with a single off the outstretched glove of Cahn in the circle which brought home senior Brittany Hendrickson (San Jose, Calif.) from third. Hendrickson reached base earlier in the inning with an infield single to short and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt.
For the seniors, all three of the departing senior finished their collegiate careers with a one hit in the game as Hendrickson was joined by Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) and Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) in the hit column. Kellee Wilson picked up a single in the fourth while Karie Wilson posted her sixth double of the season in the sixth. Wilson was replaced at second by sophomore Robin Nelson (Morgan Hill, Calif.) who came in to score on the Allen sacrifice fly.